Archery Maintenance: Extending the Life of Your Bowstring

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Archery Maintenance: Extending the Life of Your Bowstring

Waxing your bowstring is critical to its longevity and performance. Bowstrings can become dry and brittle with age, leading to reduced performance and even breakage.

Waxing and conditioning helps lubricate the string, makes it stronger and more resilient, and helps protect it from dirt, dust, water, and other harmful elements.

How to Wax and Condition a Bow String

Follow these steps to wax your bowstring the right way:

Step 1: Wipe down the bowstring with a cloth to remove any accumulated dirt or dust. Do not use any water or cleaning solutions, as they may damage the string.

Step 2: Apply the Scent Assassin String Wax and Conditioner to the bowstring. Use up-and-down strokes to achieve a thin, even layer on the entire surface of the string.


hunter showing how to wax a bowstring



Step 3: Using your fingertips and a circular motion, gently massage the wax and conditioner into the bowstring.


hunter massaging bowstring after wax is applied



Step 4: After 10–15 minutes, use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess wax and conditioner. Do not use water or cleaning solutions to wipe off the excess product, since it will remove the wax and conditioner.

Step 5: Allow the wax and conditioner to dry before applying a second layer (if needed).

Your bowstring is now ready to use. Enjoy shooting with a freshly waxed and perfectly conditioned bow string!

When to Wax a Bowstring

To maintain your bowstring in top condition, it's recommended that you wax it at least once a month. Keeping the string lubricated and conditioned will help extend its lifespan.

You should also wax your bowstring after any prolonged periods—such as storage or transportation—where it hasn’t been used.

If the string looks and feels dry, then it’s probably time to wax it.

When to Replace a Bowstring 

Replacing the bowstring periodically will help ensure optimal bow performance.

Depending on usage and care, it’s recommended that you replace the bow string every one to three years.

Look for signs of wear and tear such as fraying or cracked fibers.

If the bowstring breaks, replace it immediately. A broken string can cause injury or damage to the bow, and to the archer.

Important Reminders 

-Always use the correct size and type of string for your bow.

-Always inspect your bowstring each time before you shoot.

-Check your string regularly for wear and tear and replace it before it becomes worn, brittle—and hazardous.

-Be sure to use the right type of wax for your type of bow string.

-Paraffin wax is NOT recommended for bowstrings as it can reduce the flexibility and strength of the string material over time.

-Using too much wax risks buildup that can lead to poor bowstring performance.

Following these simple steps regularly will preserve your bowstring’s strength and durability, and enhance your overall shooting experience.

Happy hunting and shooting this upcoming season!!

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